The Printing and Packaging Industry

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Why Plasma Treat Printing and Packaging Products

Printing on, or bonding to, low-surface energy materials such as PE, PP, PET, nylon, PS, PC, PVC, ABS, PEEK and others can be a challenge. Due to the low surface energy wettability is low. This can result in poor print quality and adhesion.

Plasma surface treatment functionalises these surfaces by issuing a high-energy ion stream over the surface which cleans, and etches the surface ready for print or glue application.

Surface treaters are used with a wide variety of glues and adhesives including pressure sensitive, spray adhesives, cold glue, thermosetting hot-melt, and curable adhesive formulations.

Among the most common uses of plasma within the packaging industry are:

  • Treatment of containers prior to labelling to ensure label adhesion
  • Treatment of containers, caps and lids prior to printing and coding to ensure ink adhesion
  • Treatment of folding cartons to ensure carton flap bond strength
  • Treatment of cosmetic packages to ensure effective coating and metallization

Ink jet printing on HDPE and PET improves with Plasma Surface Treating

Best Formulations is a major contract packager with responsibility for thousands of branded nutritional supplements, pro biotics, pharmaceuticals, food and teas. They needed to improve ink adhesion for codes printed on containers. Discover how they achieved it.

Folding Carton Manufacturer Eliminates Solvent Adhesive

Folding carton manufacturer Evergo Packaging prides itself on being environmentally conscious and ahead of the curve when it comes to its printing and packaging technologies. Find out how they found an alternative to solvent-based adhesives on a folder-gluer production line.

Plasma Treater Improves Ink Jet Printing Throughput

WAGO is at at the forefront of streamlining electrical connections with innovative products like CAGE and CLAMP®. WAGO was looking for ways to improve the efficiencies and ink adhesion for printing on their Nylon66 terminal blocks. Find out how they achieved it here.

Plasma Treating Tubes Ensures Ink Adhesion and Increases Production Efficiency

Plastube is a Canadian manufacturer or innovative plastic tubes for the beauty, healthcare, food and pharmaceutical industries. They needed to improve the printing on the tubes to allow their customers' brands to shine. Read how they achieved it here.

Surface treatment improves print adhesion for leading dental product manufacturer

Ranir LLC is a leading producer of contract dental products including floss, whitening products and toothbrushes. Ranir wanted to print on toothbrushes from China that were resisting ink adhesion. Read how they solved the issue here.